Wedlake Bell are hiring 1-2 Solicitor Apprentices to begin their training in September 2024
To qualify as a Solicitor you will need to have a degree qualification, pass SQE 1 and SQE 2 and also complete two years of Qualifying Work Experience (QWE). In addition, you must also meet the Solicitor Regulation Authority's (SRA) character and suitability requirements.
The solicitor apprenticeship route fulfils all of these aspects. Wedlake Bell are partnering with the University of Law for the academic aspects. Apprentices will study one day each week to complete the LLB Law degree and the SQE preparation programme over the 6 year apprenticeship.
The Law degree will prepare you for the SQE and for working in a city law firm.
On the job learning
The remainder of the week, you'll be working at our offices in Central London. For the first four years you will be assigned to a team for a 12 month placement. Wedlake Bell specialise in a wide variety of legal areas – you could be assigned to Commercial Property, Employment, Corporate or Private Client to name a few.
During the final two years, solicitor apprentices will join the Trainee Solicitor rotation and join four teams for six months each.
In each team you join, you will be allocated a Supervisor to assist with your training and supervise your work. You will also be allocated a mentor for additional guidance. Apprentices will also have a member of the Early Careers team on hand for 1:1 support. Wedlake Bell is a supportive and friendly firm, and this programme is an opportunity to gain hands on experience alongside your studies.
Before beginning your first placement, apprentices will complete a detailed induction to welcome you to the firm and to prepare you to get started. The firm's Learning & Development team has created a development programme for our Solicitor Apprentices which you will attend throughout your apprenticeship.
After you complete the programme
Once you have passed all your exams and completed the programme, you are a qualified solicitor and will be added to the roll of solicitors!
At the end of the programme, solicitor apprentices will all be considered for 'Newly Qualified' solicitor roles alongside our trainee solicitors. Wedlake Bell aims to retain as many apprentices and trainees as possible each year. Wedlake Bell consistently retains a very high proportion of our trainees. This process is called the 'qualification' process, and the Early Careers team work closely with apprentices and trainees to confirm roles and mange the transition to becoming a qualified solicitor.